Pregnancy was a rather interesting time for me. I has my ups and downs but now that it is over there are some things I want to write about so I do not forget them.
I am not gonna sit here and say that I loved every minute of being pregnant like some women do. More power to those women! I will be honest with you and say that while I LOVE that we are parents to Little Miss soon I hated being pregnant. With that said would I do it again? Yes absolutely.
I also want to say that I never once took my pregnancy for granted nor would I ever take any pregnancy in the future for granted. Mr. Big Truck and myself are extremely lucky that we were able to conceive this little girl with no outside help. I am fully aware of the fact that there are many women out there who can not and will not ever be able to carry their own child. For them my heart breaks.
When I first found out I was pregnant I was beside myself. I was shocked, scared, but most of all happy that Mr. Big Truck and myself had created this little being. I was excited to see how pregnancy was going to treat me because let’s be honest it treats everyone differently.
I did not do weekly posts as that was not my thing. Heck I did not even take weekly belly pics because I was not comfortable with it. I did do some pictures along the way and the ones I did do I am glad I have them.
I did post randomly through this whole journey though. I did talk about hitting the halfway point, our Anatomy Scan, how we got pregnant, changes in my life due to pregnancy, 16 week update post. I talked about weird pregnancy dreams, how our whole world changed, 8 week post, AdvoCare during pregnancy, our experience with decreased fetal movement, our baby shower, and a 34 week update.
While pregnant I always focused on the positive thing. I tried to not dwell on the hard things but I will be honest pregnancy is not easy. I battled myself on the inside and it was not pretty. I never once hid any of my feelings from Mr. Big Truck and I have to say he was so super supportive and there for me. I could not have asked for a better partner through all this.
Weight. I struggled big time with that. Now before anyone jumps on my back hear my out. I lost a substantial amount of weight. 130 pounds to be exact. Next to carrying this little girl that is one of my biggest accomplishments. When I found out I was pregnant I would be lying if I did not have thoughts of gaining weight and not dropping it again. I knew before I was pregnant that this would be a demon I would struggle with. Was it tough to see myself get bigger? Heck yeah it was. Did I know that I had to put on the weight for the safety of my child? Yes I sure did. Did I come to terms with it? As best as I could. Did I do my best to eat and be as healthy as possible during this pregnancy? You bet you bottom I did. Did I workout while I was pregnant? Absolutely I did. Did I diet while I was pregnant? ABSOLUTELY NOT. I simply came to terms with the weight gain and dealt with it. Was it easy? No not at all but I knew I had to do what was best for Little Miss. Mr. Big Truck was AWESOME through the ups and downs of this struggle for me. I also know that I will lose it again!
Tiredness. Man oh man did I struggle with being tired and not even just in my first trimester. I legit struggled with being tired my ENTIRE pregnancy. Most women are luck enough to get some energy back in their second trimester and for me that just never came back. I had to deal with low electrolytes, low blood pressure, low heart rate and being anemic all of which did not help my case. All of which I struggled with prior to getting pregnant. When I got through the first trimester I tried to add Spark back to my life mixed with rehydrate and while that did help some I was still tired all the time. I would nap easily two to three times a day at work on my breaks. Weekends I was known to sleep easily 12 hours a night. I can not tell you the last time prior to getting pregnant when I slept like that. Thankfully I was able to drink one SPARK a day and that definitely helped!
Pain. I started to experience pain about 22 weeks through. My lower back was the culprit. I attribute gaining weight to that. I also attribute the fact that I had a preexisting back issue. Mix the two and yeah it was not fun. Thankfully I went to the chiropractor through out my entire pregnancy to help manage the pain. I also dealt with chest pain. The chest pain was due to sleeping on my side all the time. I am normally a back sleeper.
Restless Legs. Do you know how uncomfortable RLS is? NOT FUN. If I had a very active day or if I went to be too late I would have the worst restless legs. To the point that Mr. Big Truck would find it funny. Thanks babe. In hindsight we do laugh about it but man dealing with it in the moment was not fun.
Sciatica. Not fun. This is not my first time dealing with it either. Back in 2010 I feel at work and messed up my back and sciatica and it has not been the same since. Shortly after I stopped working during this pregnancy my sciatica issues flared their ugly head again. It was so bad that I was in tears TEARS walking from my living room to my bathroom. HORRIBLE pain. To this day 5 weeks since I have given birth I am still dealing with it. I actually just went to the doctor for it and had a cortisone shot and will be starting physical therapy tomorrow for it. My dr said it can go away as soon as the baby is born -clearly not my luck- or stick around up to 6 months after the baby is born. Let’s hope it don’t stick around that long.
Workouts. The one thing I made sure I continued to do during my pregnancy was get my workouts in. It was important to me. Why? Because it is part of who I am. It also helps me feel my best. It is also beneficial the Little Miss. The first trimester was ROUGH with workouts. I was so dang tired and could not do my pre-work supplement drink which I missed dearly but the fact that I would push myself to get in a good 3 to 4 workouts a week was awesome. I stopped teaching while I pregnant because I am the type of teacher that if I can not go all out I would rather not teach. My classes understood as did all my GFMs which I am grateful for. I can not wait to get back to teaching one day! I continued to do BodyPump all during my pregnancy and I also made it a point to walk or hop on the elliptical for some cardio. If I ever felt off during a workout I would make sure to stop and rest and I always had Rehydrate with me to stay hydrated with.
Pregnancy was not my favorite thing in the world but if I didn’t go through it I wouldn’t have my sweet baby girl who I love more than I could have ever imagined.